A Willing Murder

A Willing Murder

New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences? Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she?s f New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story o...

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Title:A Willing Murder
Author:Jude Deveraux
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0778369293
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

A Willing Murder Reviews

  • Kristin
    Oct 04, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

  • Evelyn
    Jul 19, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

  • Regan
    Oct 22, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

  • Kirsten
    Oct 03, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

  • Lesa
    Sep 15, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

  • Susan
    Sep 26, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

  • Erika
    Nov 07, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

  • Cheryl Riecke
    Sep 03, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

  • Janie
    Jul 30, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

  • Rob Banks
    Jun 27, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    Nov 08, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    Oct 01, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

  • Katy
    Aug 27, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    What happens when a romance novelist becomes entangled in a mystery? The answer is the book "A Willing Murder". Although a writer by vocation, Sara and her two housemates stumble into a who-dunnit mystery that they cannot leave unsolved. Trying to get information from the tight-lipped ...

    I had high hopes for this one, but it was just ?meh? for me I was glad to read that a few other reviewers thought the dialogue was odd, I thought it was just me. I will continue to read the series, though, as there are a few questions I still have about the characters. ...

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It is an ARC, and due to be released 9/18/18. I really enjoyed this book. I can?t wait for the next one. ...

    Romance, intrigue, family trauma and a twenty-year-old murder make this story driven tale one you can settle in with on a dark night. It all began with murder? The dirt had been shifted, moved from beneath. Were one of them still alive? Once the tree was in place and dirt filled i...

  • Barb
    Oct 11, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    What happens when a romance novelist becomes entangled in a mystery? The answer is the book "A Willing Murder". Although a writer by vocation, Sara and her two housemates stumble into a who-dunnit mystery that they cannot leave unsolved. Trying to get information from the tight-lipped ...

    I had high hopes for this one, but it was just ?meh? for me I was glad to read that a few other reviewers thought the dialogue was odd, I thought it was just me. I will continue to read the series, though, as there are a few questions I still have about the characters. ...

  • Susan Krich
    Aug 05, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

  • Margaret
    Oct 16, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

  • Sue
    Sep 30, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

  • Jenea Whittington
    Jul 29, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

  • Becky
    Sep 25, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

  • Rebecca Kordesh
    Sep 24, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

  • Susan
    Oct 06, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

  • Sana Zameer
    Oct 14, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

  • Connie Janzen
    Oct 05, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

  • Kaitlyn Dunnett
    Oct 04, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

  • Meg
    Aug 03, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    What happens when a romance novelist becomes entangled in a mystery? The answer is the book "A Willing Murder". Although a writer by vocation, Sara and her two housemates stumble into a who-dunnit mystery that they cannot leave unsolved. Trying to get information from the tight-lipped ...

  • Catherine
    Oct 05, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

  • Lara
    Oct 01, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

  • Alicia Proctor
    Sep 14, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

  • Louise Scholl
    Sep 03, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the...

    Absolutely loved this book! I can?t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end. ...

    I enjoyed this book, even though I figured out who had a part of the murders early on in the book. ...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    This book was given to me through Goodreads. There are stories within the main story. I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story. There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without...

    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories. It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed. It is a great read, just different than her other books. I won this ...

    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok, I admit I was skeptical?one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery? Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    What happens when a romance novelist becomes entangled in a mystery? The answer is the book "A Willing Murder". Although a writer by vocation, Sara and her two housemates stumble into a who-dunnit mystery that they cannot leave unsolved. Trying to get information from the tight-lipped ...

    I had high hopes for this one, but it was just ?meh? for me I was glad to read that a few other reviewers thought the dialogue was odd, I thought it was just me. I will continue to read the series, though, as there are a few questions I still have about the characters. ...

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It is an ARC, and due to be released 9/18/18. I really enjoyed this book. I can?t wait for the next one. ...

  • Marissa Engle
    Nov 22, 2018

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jack...

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    Jude Deveraux goes ?mystery?! I loved it! So many twists and turns and deaths. The way the characters intertwined via friendships/affairs/children was neat to see develop throughout the novel. Jack and Kate?s love story is just beginning to develop - I can?t wait to see it grow...